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TRANSNATIONAL PROJECT MEETING - PORTUGAL

13 - 15 MAY 2019

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The Portuguese Project Team organised the second Transnational Project Meeting, from 13 to 15 May 2019, with the title “The influence of Natural Conditions in Almada Region to the History and Culture of its urban landscape”.

The meeting was attended by three Romanian teachers, two teachers from Slovenia, two teachers from Poland and six Portuguese teachers, from various subjects of study (Mathematics and Computer Science, Geography, Natural Sciences, Arts, Portuguese Language and Mandarin). For reasons unrelated to the Portuguese team there were no French teachers attending this meeting.

    This mobility is part of the Erasmus + Project "Thunderstorms and Thunderbolts in Teaching Strategies and Meteorology", and its main objectives were:
  • Continue to promote the cooperation between all the participants in order to improve their pedagogical practices and experiences as well as reinforce collaborative work;
  • Make the analysis and balance of the activities already carried out and planning the work to finalize the missing activities in order to finish successfully the timeline of the project (2017-2019);
  • To know the weather conditions of this region at this time of year and to know better the region of Almada, including the city of Lisbon, its culture and its natural and historical patrimony.
    A three-day program of activities was developed, structured as follows:
  • Two mornings days at school with project management and implementation activities;
  • Two afternoons out of school to participate in thematic trips such as the visit to Lisbon Oceanarium and Almada Contemporary Art Center - Casa da Cerca;
  • One day to discover the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

On the morning of the first day a meeting was held between the participating teachers to assess activities developed until then and to prepare some missing documents. After a small break was carried out the workshop “Nihao! I learn Mandarin”, by Teacher Song Bowen. This activity was very important in order to sharing information about some aspects related to the host school autonomy, education system organization, to diversify the students curriculum in foreign languages; this is a project of partnership between Agrupamento de Escolas Anselmo de Andrade, the University of Lisbon and the Confucius Institute.

On the afternoon with the objective of publicizing and promoting ocean literacy and encourage people to learn and fostering a closer bond with the oceans, we visited the Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium). Ocean Literacy means understanding the influence of the oceans on Humankind and our influence on the oceans. In light of the alarming rate at which species are declining due to human activity, and the effects of climate change on temperate waters, this oceanarium takes an essential cooperative role in the efforts to conserve existing biodiversity.

In the second day, we visited the city of Lisbon, Portugal capital; is a historical city, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the average temperature rarely drops below 16ºC. The purpose of this visit was to know the geographical characteristics of the city, located on the Tagus estuary and open to the Atlantic Ocean, strongly influenced by the morphology of the terrain, the exposure to the solar radiation and the prevailing winds: urban climate (local and microclimatic scales).

The most studied aspect of the urban climate is the urban “heat island”, which has implications for the comfort and health of citizens, energy and water consumption, and air quality. Another aspect is the ventilation conditions, which influence the quality of the air. In Lisbon the dominant influence of the Azores anticyclone and the proximity to the Atlantic allows a good ventilation: climate guidelines for the Lisbon "Ventilation corridors" and the "riverfront" had concrete measures to facilitate the movement of wind, the dominant regional wind of the north quadrant and ocean breezes in order to contribute to the improvement of the thermal conditions and air quality throughout the city.

Lisbon has a rich cultural heritage, with a huge legacy left by the civilizations that inhabited the city throughout the centuries and the homage paid by artists. Is visible in the urban construction the adaptation to climatic conditions in particular the narrow streets that create the necessary shadows to deal with the high temperatures, as was observed in the visit to the Historic Centre.

The lively streets of “Chiado”, thanks to its picturesque streets and squares, cultural attractions with their eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional stores, cafés and theatres, became a beloved touristic site. The churches are the most visited places; we visited the church of the Incarnation “Encarnação” and the Loreto church. The terrain is a problem in this typical neighborhoods, nevertheless allowed the construction of numerous viewpoint that allowing to enjoy a unique view on the city. Since its construction the “Santa Justa Lift” has become a tourist attraction for Lisbon, on the top floor is a kiosk and lookout, with panoramic views of the city.

The downtown “Baixa Pombalina” is an elegant district rebuilt after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, and one of the first examples of earthquake-resistant construction Architectural models. The “Praça do Comércio”, one of the most important and well-known spaces of this district, located in the riverfront, was also visited.

We also visit the borough of Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon; this borough continues to be an authentic labyrinth of alleys, interior patios, stairways and tiny squares. The “Sé Catedral”, Lisbon cathedral and the “Castelo de S. Jorge”, (St. George, patron saint of knights and crusaders), the highest point in the city, were built in the 11th century during the Muslims occupation. They are the oldest monuments in the city.

On the morning of the third day take place the last project meeting. The activities carried out so far have been reviewed and was setting the deadline for the rest of results that have to be finished. All the partners were very satisfied with the activities developed at this meeting that was evaluated in a very positive way and thanked the reception and availability of the Portuguese team.

On the afternoon a visit was made to Almada to know some aspects of its “local sustainable development strategy” based on the principles of the United Nations Plan of Action, Agenda 21 and the National Strategy for Sustainable Development: are based on concrete policies and actions in various fields such as education and culture, mobility, urban and environmental qualification, solidarity, mitigation of climate change, protection of biodiversity, improvement of public intervention.

A visit to the old urban network of Almada, that includes some museological sites, like the Medieval Museum, testimony of human occupation through this territory for thousands of years, and a thematic trip to “Casa da Cerca”, Almada Contemporary Art Center, located in a 17th century Manor House.

Hosting a vast cultural project that aims to promote actions dedicated to deepening the research and dissemination of contemporary art and exploring the link between Fine Arts and Nature, Casa da Cerca is a pioneering initiative in the specificity of the articulation of these two strands - scientific and artistic; the garden is a project inspired by the traditional Portuguese Mediterranean garden: the biological vegetable garden and aromatic plants, the greenhouse, the herbarium and the outdoor amphitheater.

Once again the Portuguese team was very satisfied with the results obtained, allowing to deepen the experiences and knowledge about the culture of all those involved.

List of participants involved in the transnational project meeting:

  1. Zdenka Keuc, Slovenia
  2. Aurel Neicu, Romania
  3. Alina-Elena Olenic, Romania
  4. Ramona Darie, Romania
  5. Dariusz Jaworski, Poland
  6. Tomasz Dylkowski, Poland
  7. Dora Ponte, Portugal
  8. Emília Costeira, Portugal
  9. Eveline Monteiro, Portugal
  10. Isabel Marques, Portugal
  11. Maria Elisabete Garcia, Portugal
  12. Song Bowen, Portugal
    Agenda:
  • Welcoming and Project Meeting: balance of activities carried out and preparation of activities to this TPM;
  • Workshop “Nihao! I learn Mandarin”; sharing information about some aspects related to the host school autonomy and education system organization;
  • Visit to Oceanário de Lisboa to promote ocean literacy;
  • Visit to Lisbon, to know the geographical characteristics of the city and to know Portuguese history and culture (visit the Historic Centre);
  • Last Project Meeting: setting the deadline for the rest of results that have to be finished; evaluation of the TPM;
  • Visit to Almada: Medieval Museum and Almada Contemporary Art Center “Casa da Cerca”, observation of the biological vegetable garden and aromatic plants.
    Decisions:
    Was agreed by all partners the date of May 31 to finalize the last activities, namely:
  • to finish, and send to Romania, the contribution of each country to the activity number 7 (seven), “The textbook of Practical Activities”;
  • to finish, and send to Slovenia, the contribution of each country to the activity number 11 (eleven), “A scientific Magazine”;
  • to finish and send to Slovenia the contribution of each country to the activity number 10 (ten), “A brochure with demonstrative lessons”; it was decided that this activity will be the support and will complete the activity number 12 (twelve), “Demonstrative Video Lessons”, also to send to Slovenia. For having organized this TPM Portugal will have until June 10 to finalize this task.

As France was not present at this meeting, Romania took the responsibility to complete the activity number 4 (four) “The atlas of the weather phenomena, clouds and symbols used in Meteorology”.